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Extra: Nat Geo taps “Brain Games” host; Alchimie to launch military doc channel

Keegan Michael-Key named host of Nat Geo’s reboot of “Brain Games” National Geographic has tapped comedian and actor Keegan-Michael Key (pictured) to host the reboot of Brain Games. The eight-episode season, produced ...
May 15, 2019

Keegan Michael-Key named host of Nat Geo’s reboot of “Brain Games”

National Geographic has tapped comedian and actor Keegan-Michael Key (pictured) to host the reboot of Brain Games.

The eight-episode season, produced by Alfred Street Industries and Magical Elves, adds a Hollywood twist to its classic format by challenging celebrities to realize their special brain power via interactive games, illusions and social experiments. The first five celebrities confirmed are Kristin Bell, Dax Shepherd, Drew Brees, Rebel Wilson, and Anthony Anderson.

In Brain Games, Key will be joined on stage in front of the live studio audience by mentalist Lior Surchard who will provide assistance with the brain games and challenges for the celeb guests.

Meanwhile, field correspondent and science communicator Cara Santa Maria will head out on the road, taking the cerebral challenges to the public.

World leading neuroscientists, engineers and brain experts will provide insight into the “why” behind the “wow” of questions on such topics as love, power, communication, and more.

Brain Games is scheduled to premiere Dec. 1 on National Geographic.

Alchimie to launch military based doc channel

French content aggregation and distribution company Alchimie is set to launch a military-themed documentary channel.

Army Stories is to explore all facets of the world’s mightiest military powers in an effort to showcase the reality of the armed forces. Portraits of exceptional men and women, historical documents, military reports, equipment, vehicles and transport are just some the areas covered throughout the channel’s programming.

Alchimie is teaming with France-based prodco Memento to provide much of the content. Since 2002, Memento has co-produced a flagship docuseries with the French Minister of Defence, providing access into the French Military.

Media Ranch inks raft of format deals for Europe 

Montreal producer-distributor Media Ranch has closed a number of deals for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s (DR) format portfolio they acquired this past March.

The experimental reality program 180 Days, featuring students who take up residence in a nursing home for six months, has been sold to the Netherlands, Germany and Spain.

Elsewhere, the sociological program Manipulator, which explores how to manipulate people, was sold to France and Spain.

Another European deal has been inked for the amateur artist competition program Project Rembrandt, which has been acquired in Belgium.

And Deeply Superficial in France has acquired celebrity hidden-camera comedy format Surprise Surprise, which first debuted in Canada more than three decades ago. All territories are now available for license by Media Ranch, excluding France.

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